Friday, February 29, 2008

Get Organized!

The Assignment Calculator is a tool that can help you plan out a timetable for your papers. Simply put in the due date and it takes care of the rest. It walks you through picking your topic, writing your thesis statement, finding and evaluating books and articles, writing an outline and much more! A date is given with each step to help you stay on target of completing your paper on time.

Staff Picks

Grab a book for the weekend!

Check out the latest Alcuin Reads photo on the library's Flickr account!

Just move your mouse over the books to read about them. Click the link to see if it's available in the's that easy!

While you're checking out our Flickr account, check out the books on the past Alcuin Reads AND Clemens Reads shelves.

I hope you find a great book to read. If you need more suggestions, just ask!


Wednesday, February 27, 2008

RefWorks Workshop - Today!

Computer-Created Citations and Bibliography?! Yes!! It is that EASY—Learn How!!

Why stress over your bibliography page when RefWorks can do it for you? Learn how!

February 26th – Clemens Computer Lab 4pm
February 27th – Simons Computer Lab (G50) 4pm

Please RSVP by Monday, Feb. 25th to Sarah Gewirtz ( if you would like to attend!


Thursday, February 21, 2008

New Movie Titles - Feb. 22, 2008

Here are the newest movie additions for Clemens Library:

2 Days In paris
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Coming of Age
Mother Tongue
The Monastery
American Gangster
Becoming Jane
Michael Clayton

Alcuin Library collection (it is a LONG list!):

Come and See
Freedom’s Fury
When a Man Loves a Woman
The Thomas Crown Affair
After the Sunset
Historic Land Use Films
A Luck Day (Un dia de Suerte)
Will & Grace Season 5
Will & Grace Season 7
Will & Grace Season 6
Masterpiece Theatre: Northanger Abbey
The Boondocks: The Complete First Season
Father Ted: The Holy Trilogy
Michael Clayton
American Gangster
Lust, Caution
In the Valley of Elah
Terror’s Advocate
Warriors of Virtue
Big Love: The Complete Second Season
Batman Begins (Deluxe Edition)
Rocket Science
The Dinner Game
24: Season Six
Romance & Cigarettes
The Bubble
Martian Child
We Own the Night
Gone Baby Gone
Introducing the Dwights
White Light Black Rain
The Mormons
Les Paul Chasing Sound
Queen Margot
Honey I Shrunk the Kids
Ladron Que Roba A Ladron (To Rob a Thief)


Friday, February 08, 2008

New Books on CD

The following new books on CD are available for check out at Clemens Library:

Mistress of the Art of Death
The Good Earth
Up In Honey’s Room
Natural Born Charmer
The Dead Father’s Club
The Tin Roof Blowdown
Ines Of My Soul

Want to see what other titles we have? Check out our WorldCat Book List to see what we have!


New Movie Titles - Feb. 8, 2008

Here are some new titles to choose from at Alcuin Library:

4 Little Girls
Across the Universe
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Collection 2
Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
The Brave One
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Supernatural: Season 1 & 2
2 Days in Paris
Black Robe
Days of Glory (Indigenes)
El Topo
Feast of Love
King of California
Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience

Available at Clemens Library for check out:

A Time For Burning
9/12: From Chaos To Community
Senator Obama Goes To Africa
Have you heard from Johnannesburg?
The Supreme Court (4 DVDs)
Jean de Florette & Magnon of the Spring
Law & Order SVU Season Four
Dead In The Water
The Fight For True Farming
The Refugees of the Blue Planet



Monday, February 04, 2008

Red Carpet Movie Trivia!

Enter the library's Red Carpet Movie Trivia for a chance to win two movie tickets and a chocolate Oscar statue!

The library has a lot of Oscar-nominated films on DVD, so to highlight them, we've posted some screen shots from some of the films in the library. Like this one:

Think you know where it's from? You better come into the library to find out if you're right!

While you're in the library, enter our Red Carpet Movie Trivia! Just make your predictions as to who will take home this year's Oscars and you could win!

Good luck!


Library Student Workshops

Secrets from the Searchmaster
February 11th - Clemens Computer Lab 4pm
February 14th - Simons Computer Lab (G50) 4pm

Have a research paper but don’t know where to start? Come learn easy ways to get started on your research paper from choosing a topic to choosing the right database. Learn basic searching techniques such as Boolean operators, truncation and controlled vocabulary.



February 26th – Clemens Computer Lab 4pm
February 27th – Simons Computer Lab (G50) 4pm

Computer-Created Citations and Bibliography?! Yes!! It is that EASY—Learn How!! Why stress over your bibliography page when RefWorks can do it for you? Learn how!

If you are interested in attending any of these sessions, please RSVP to Sarah R. Gewirtz at


Save articles from LexisNexis into RefWorks!

You can now export your references from LexisNexis directly into your RefWorks account!

Follow these steps:

1) Do a search in LexisNexis
2) Select the articles you would like to export into RefWorks by marking/checking the box to the left of the number of the article.
3) Under the box entitled, "Next Steps" four icons appear: you want the one that looks like a book- it is the last icon (when you put the cursor over it says, "Export Bibliographic References").
4) Another box will pop-up. Make sure in the "Document Range" you have the "Tagged Documents" selected (you don't want ALL the articles put in your RefWorks account!).
5) Select "Export". If you do not have your RefWorks account already open, another screen will pop-up where you can sign into your RefWorks account.

If you have any questions, make sure you stop by the reference desk or Ask Us! by using the Ask Us! widget on the library homepage.

Research Databases

News from the Library Director: We Heard You!

We Heard You

The librarians at Clemens and Alcuin Library are listening to our patrons, and making changes to meet your needs. We started a DVD collection at Clemens, added magazine and popular reading areas at both libraries, provided equipment for free electronic copies, and increased our reference hours to provide service in the late afternoon, all based on feedback from library users. Currently we are working on designs for expansion and renovation of Alcuin Library, a project where we’ve sought patron input through a number of ways, including surveys, focus groups, a design workshop, and personal interviews. We’ve got a student photo research project underway that will also help us better understand student preferences for learning and research spaces. While the Alcuin project is still in an early planning phase, it’s likely we’ll see more technology, more group study space, more comfortable furnishings, and more teaching space, as those are repeated themes we heard from our patrons.

If you have recommendations for improvements to either library, we’d love to hear from you. We’re always looking for examples of good libraries, too, so if you know of a successful library that we might use as a model, please share a recommendation. For those who have already contributed good ideas, thanks – we heard you and took your advice to heart!